Book Club Guide

Everything You Need to Know!

The best way of starting a book club is with the help of a book club guide.

Why Book Club?

People who love to read love to talk about what they read!

But there is more to a quality book club than just reading the book. The first big mistake that most people make when starting a book club is to think that all you have to do is choose a book, get some friends together and a meaningful, book driven discussion will just happen. 


The only way to ensure that your club survives (and is an evening you look forward to instead of dread) is to follow a few simple book club rules. 

Follow this book club guide for how to set up a book club and starting your own reading group will be simple and sweet.

The Book Club How To List...

How to Form a Book Club
Start with four core members, including yourself. After each member has hosted once, you can choose to add ONE MEMBER EACH. Your group should never more than double it’s size. Think “too many cooks in the kitchen…” 

How to Organize a Book Club Schedule
Choose a specific day and week to hold your meetings each month. For example, if the first Tuesday of every month is free for everybody put it on your calendars. Meetings should never change unless there is an extreme emergency and the group makes a collective decision to move it. Otherwise, book club is a commitment that everyone must keep! 

How to Host a Book Club Meeting
Each month a different member hosts. If you are the founder, chances are you will host first. This means you get to pick the book! Set up a hosting schedule and stay in rotation. The only change would be when adding new members. The host is responsible for the communication 
and entertainment for the evening. 

How to Have a Book Club be Successful
Here is the CARDINAL, UNBREAKABLE rule of book club - you MUST read the book! The person choosing the book will present it at that night's meeting and like it or lump it you have to read it. Not reading equals dismissal from the group! 

How to Run a Book Club Discussion
Each member should come prepared to each meeting with either a couple of discussion questions/topics or a favorite passage to talk about. An unfocused discussion leads to talking about which contestant got kicked off The Masked Singer that week! 

How to Create a Book Club Atmosphere that Keeps
People Coming Back

Be nice and have fun! Ask any book club member and they’'ll tell you - the more controversial the book, the more heated the argument, the more everybody love loves your meeting, leaves happy, and can’t wait to pick up the next book selection! 

You've learned how to run a book club that will be successful if you follow the book club how to list. You're asking yourself the questions - "why join a book club?" Or "why start a book club?" 

Your answer is - you love to read and want to talk about it! Now all that's left is for you to take the plunge with the help of this book club guide!

A few last minute book club guidelines:

  • The core members should be a good mix. Not all four people should be the best of friends but nor should they be total strangers. You want to find a few people you know will truly talk about the books but also have fun!

  • Hosting a meeting is almost as critical as reading the book. The great thing about hosting a quality book club is that your meeting styles can vary greatly based on the theme of the book. 

  • Choosing the right book can be tough. You don't want to be too accommodating, but you don't want to go so far down your own path that no one wants to follow.

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